Lewis Hamilton says he misplaced ’round three kilos’ throughout French GP attributable to drinks bottle subject

On a sweltering Sunday afternoon on the Circuit Paul Ricard, the seven-time world champion recorded his finest end of the season by coming second behind Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Regardless of the bottle subject, Hamilton mentioned he felt “improbable” after the race.

“I used to be just a bit bit dehydrated,” he informed reporters, per F1. “The drinks bottle did not work within the race. I do not truly ever drink within the race ever, so that is the primary time I truly tried all of it yr and there was nothing popping out.

“I did not see my weight simply now, however I might think about [I lost] in all probability round three kilos … I am wanting ahead to downing the remainder of this drink.”

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate George Russell accomplished the rostrum in third place and Hamilton was delighted with the automotive’s efficiency all weekend.

“However what a day, what a weekend,” he mentioned. “Particularly with lacking FP1, [I’m] simply so pleased with the crew — that is an unbelievable outcome. Successful races and getting outcomes like that is about the entire bundle.

“And naturally, we all know we do not have fairly the tempo of the 2 groups [Ferrari and Red Bull] forward, however reliability is a big elementary a part of the method so I am so pleased with my crew for having the reliability that we do have.

“What an ideal outcome … George did an ideal job as nicely, so to get a second and a 3rd, it is actually particular for us.”

After loads of hypothesis round his future in Method One, the 37-year-old Hamilton insisted he’s keen to stay within the sport for quite a few years.

On the French GP, Hamilton grew to become simply the sixth driver in F1 historical past to succeed in 300 profession races and his present contract with Mercedes expires on the finish of the 2023 season.

“I am nonetheless contemporary and nonetheless really feel I’ve acquired loads of gas left within the tank,” Hamilton mentioned. “After all I need to get again to successful methods and that is going to take time. I am certain we’ll sit down at some stage and speak concerning the future.

“That is my 300th GP and I awakened extremely grateful for all of the individuals who have been with me,” he added. “Ron Dennis, Mercedes, Martin Whitmarsh, Toto, Niki Lauda … I’ve been on an unbelievable journey with them.

“I am having fun with it greater than ever.”

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